Firmly old-school hard-rock from Ghost (the Swedish version). Opus Eponymous was first released in 2010 (not, as you might have guessed, 1978), and is now reissued as a picture disc. Lots of devil-worshipping lyrics over the chugging riffs, and some track titles that are in Latin too. On the Rise Above label.
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- Opus Eponymous by Ghost (Sweden)
9/10 gbar Customer review, 6th March 2017
A major criticism Opus Eponymous gets from haters is that it sounds “generic”, which is a short-sighted verdict on the album. Clearly, a lot of thought was put into each song, as Ghost wisely leave out one key element common in the 70s metal - grandeur. Every band in the 70s tried to do something epic (and often self-absorbed) in attempt to stand out from the rest, whether the approach was long instrumental jams, quirky instrumentation and phrasings, or progressive song structure. Filtering all that out takes discipline, but because of it, the album offers a very lean, succinct set of songs, none of which overstays its welcome and clocks less than 5 minutes (the album less than 40 minutes in total). I wouldn't say this is generic at all, but instead it is refined, and it leaves us with only the pure and tasteful stuff of the 70s doom/occult sound.
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